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Book on Rashi not only for scholarsAn important new book on Rashi (Rabbi Solomon, the son of Isaac), the pre-eminent medieval Ashkenazic rabbi, is now available to English readers. The...read more...
A Jewish approach to job cutsCompetition is the lifeblood of capitalism. It’s why countries negotiate free trade agreements, to remove artificial barriers to competition....read more...
Germany’s first female German-born rabbi since the Nazi eraRabbi Antje Yael Deusel found out she was Jewish when she was 16. “It was a cultural shock for me,” she said in an interview after...read more...
Deeply hearteningI had intended to use this space to call to readers’ attention what I believe to be one of the most important books of the last many years:...read more...
Compromise or sellout at the Kotel?I respect Natan Sharansky. How could anyone not? He represents a generation of freedom seekers, of those who fought for their religious and ethnic...read more...
Where Jews liveLast week, in this space, I referred to the most recent demographic study of the world’s Jewish com- munity published in the 2012 American...read more...
Be open to life’s possibilitiesDespondency is a normal reaction to life. Who can live in our society without moments of despair and frustration? Every morning, the headlines scream...read more...
The finish line and the bimahAs I write this, the horror of the Boston Marathon bombing is fresh in my mind. I am haunted by the images of runners who trained for years, only to...read more...
Choosing the right Jewish nameLast week we looked at the significance of Jewish names. Today, choosing them. If you happen to be in the market for a name – or if you want to...read more...
A reluctant goodbyeIt was more than 10 years ago that Mordechai Ben-Dat invited me to begin writing for The CJN. My challenges ever since then have been to meet my...read more...

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